Originally a section of Ipswich called “The Hamlet,” the town was named for Alexander Hamilton, whose portrait became the town seal in 1903. Hamilton had no specific association with the community and was most likely chosen for his importance in American history.
Hamilton is a rural community with a compact downtown area, beautiful residential neighborhoods, and pastoral landscapes with old stone walls on winding, tree-lined roads. It is also know for its rich equestrian heritage. Myopia Hunt Club holds frequent events including Sunday afternoon polo and hosts an annual Thanksgiving Day fox hunt open to the public.
Hamilton has close ties to neighboring Wenham, sharing a school system, library, recreation department, commuter rail station, and newspaper. In 2010, Boston Magazine listed Hamilton-Wenham among the “Best Places to Live."
Hamilton's most popular outdoor recreation areas include:
Bradley Palmer State Park - 721-acre former estate in Hamilton and Topsfield, MA, is great spot for hiking, kayaking the Ipswich River or cooling off in the wading pool on hot summer days.
Chebacco Lake - popular for kayaking, boating, swimming, and relaxation. It is the largest of the five lakes that make up the Chebacco Watershed.
Things to do in Hamilton
Hamilton is a quiet suburb and many residents enjoy traveling to surrounding towns for additional downtown fun and attractions. There are many restaurants in Hamilton that celebrate local farmers and fresh foods. Check out some of Hamilton's best places to eat:
- Green Meadows Farm - the oldest, family-owned certified organic farm, farmstand, and education program in the region.
- Crosby’s Marketplace - a local grocery store chain offering conventional, organic fresh produce and a full-service meat department.
- 15 Walnut - a “local’s” tavern serving comfort food with a “little” edge. Local ingredients, live music. With “Give Back Monday” a portion of the proceeds are donated to various local organizations.
- Weathervane Tavern - a quaint New England restaurant serving home cooked meals
- Black Cow - contemporary American fare and pub food plus a selection of draught and microbewed lagers, porters and ales and a wide variety of wines, single malt Scotches, single-barrel Bourbons, vintage Ports and Cognacs.
- Honeycomb - a bakery and café bringing handcrafted pastries, breads... that focuses on bringing beautiful foods and products to Hamilton.
The highly regarded Hamilton-Wenham regional school system includes three elementary schools, a middle school and high school. Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School is a top public school, ranked 107 out of 14,000 in Newsweek's 2014 list of "America's Top High Schools".
Pingree School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school founded in 1960.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, also in Hamilton, has students from 98 denominations and 55 different countries.
Living in Hamilton
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